Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient) - External in Boston, Massachusetts

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Boston, MA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (9 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Service:Pharmacy *Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): *1816881



OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.**

If you are an internal employee, apply under VIN# 1816809


  • US citizens and current permanent federal employees of other agencies

This position is located within the inpatient section of Pharmacy Service at the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury, MA. The incumbent serves as a pharmacy technician with advanced non-hazardous and hazardous (chemotherapy) compounding skills and advanced knowledge in areas of pharmacy automation.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Fill, preparation, compounding and delivery of all medication needs/restocks utilizing automated & non-automated systems. • Service initiation and maintenance of all equipment, including nursing support. • Competent in all aspects of current clean room and pharmacy standards including safe handling of hazardous medications. • Assists with training of new and existing employees and required competencies. Assists in the training of other technician staff in the proper aseptic technique, clean room standards, safety standards and preparation protocol. • Monitors and records all required logs for the pharmacy service. • Assists with inventory management and ordering/restock of medicines as well as satellite accumulation areas, controlled and non-controlled reverse distribution standards and processes. During inventory manager's absence, coordinates and provides daily inpatient inventory needs. • Ensures completion of all assigned area inspections in a timely manner, as assigned. • Reads and interprets inpatient unit-dose medication order for proper strength and dosage form. • Performs relevant calculations compounding and preparation of all dosage forms. Prepares and/or compounds sterile and non-sterile products, in accordance with all current standards. • Delivers controlled substances to designated areas, verifies count with nursing staff and enters product into automated dispensing cabinets or other police-approved storage areas.

A more detailed description of this position is available in the Human Resources Management Service.

WORK SCHEDULE: •Full-time Varied Shift: Rotation through all shifts plus weekends, and holidays or •Full-time Evening Shift: Rotation through all shifts plus weekends and holidays

Functional Statement #: 903200

NOTE: These positions are NAGE Bargaining Unit positions. NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered. NOTE: Permanent appointments are subject to the recommendation of a professional standards board and approval by the Medical Center Director. Grade and salary will be recommended by the board and is based on the personal qualifications of the candidate (i.e. education, certification, experience, etc.) NOTE: Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered. NOTE: Current or Former Federal Employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Selectee maybe required to work at any Boston healthcare system campus, as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

b. Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.

c. Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.

d. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Determination:

GS-5 Full Performance Level

(a) Education or Experience. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Assignments: This is the full performance level for pharmacy technicians. Employees at this grade level serve as staff pharmacy technicians receiving little guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and procedures, and require minimal supervision.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities1. Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment. 2. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique. 3. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures. 4. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.


(a) Experience. One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs.

Assignments. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

(b) Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.


  1. Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.
  2. Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.
  3. Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.
  4. Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.
  5. Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.
  6. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.

NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title; duties; month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience as a Pharmacy Technician is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a Pharmacy Technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the knowledge, skills and abilities the following experiences are preferred.

(1) One year of current active part-time or full-time employment in a hospital pharmacy setting (2) Compounding experience

REFERENCE: VA Handbook 5005/77, Part II, Appendix G28 Pharmacy Technician, dated March 17, 2006.

PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

*Physical Requirements: *Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing prescriptions, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, medical supplies, stock boxes etc.; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, and to file documents in lower file drawers, etc.); sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Ability to operate automation. Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job.

The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $39,440.00 to $51,270.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0661-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and current permanent Federal employees of other agencies

Control Number: 453068100

Job Announcement Number: RS-17-SL-1816881-BU